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Address: 701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6968
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete...

A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. On loan from the Smithsonian, the coat Andrew Jackson wore during the Battle of New Orleans returns for this groundbreaking exhibition "From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture." This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America's history. Among them is Napoleon's death mask, one of only four in existence. It was made from a mold crafted by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, who was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's physicians at the time of his death.

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They are working on the outside

We couldn't see the facade of the building. The inside was very good. Liked this display the most of everything we did today.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Galesburg, Illinois
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Irvine, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a good museum if you enjoy history. The collection reviews the history of Louisiana through the late 19th Century. I enjoyed the top floor -- the pre-Civil War, Civil War, and Reconstruction period the best. It told the stories of this era from a variety of perspectives. The Cabildo is definitely worth a visit. Allow a couple of... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is great for getting the history of the area. We had a docent to take us around and - while not necessary - did add to the experience. The area has an unusual history, and this museum helped me to understand better why New Orleans is what it is today. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a terrific museum on the early history of New Orleans. There are only 3 exhibits but very good. I really enjoyed the exhibit on "the War of 1812." It's also a nice respite from the heat and it only costs $6.

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Galesburg, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We couldn't see the facade of the building. The inside was very good. Liked this display the most of everything we did today.

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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long one of New Orleans' greatest treasures, located at Jackson Square, adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral. Numerous exhibits on 3 floors tracking the history of the city. The Louisiana Purchase was signed in this building.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some decent exhibits and information of the history of the area and a beautiful building too. They are doing some renovations.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Planned our visit on a "museum is open" day but unfortunately the 2 BIG reasons for going were nonexistent. The Louisiana purchase exhibit had be taken down - hello - we were right where it happen and how could you take it down? and the Nepolean's death mask had been removed as well. That was a bust. My advise is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cabildo is a must-visit location for any tourist (or native like myself for that matter) that is interested in more than just the fun and debauchery to be had on Bourbon Street. It tells the story of New Orleans in a series of exhibits that are overflowing with information and beautiful, authentic artifacts from the area's history. The building... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cabildo is a small museum in the French Quarter just next to St. Charles Cathedral. Yes, it is small and modest but surprisingly interesting. The museum basically covers Louisiana history with an emphasis on New Orleans' role in the War of 1812. It's on three levels with just 2 or 3 rooms one each floor. There are a few... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for an hour but stayed longer. Museum presents info on New Orleans and Louisiana history, including native peoples, the slave trade and lots of rebellions and wars. The cultural history is like a gumbo of all the different groups and cultures that came to this area over several centuries.

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French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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